Oklahoma-based Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores has announced a schedule of grand opening events for six of 10 new publicly accessible compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations across the state.

cng fuel Love’s Travel Stops is partnering with Chesapeake to build 10 CNG fueling stations across the state of Oklahoma. Credit: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Construction on the stations began in December shortly after Love’s announced its commitment to offer CNG fueling stations at several of its existing locations. Thanks to a partnership with Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Love’s will now offer CNG in Altus, Chickasha, Guthrie, Lawton, Norman, and Oklahoma City. This year, Love’s plans to open four CNG fueling stations in Pauls Valley, Okemah and Guymon, and a second station in Oklahoma City.

“As more and more corporate and government entities convert their fleets to CNG, we believe demand on the commercial and consumer side will escalate accordingly,” said Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications. “We are pleased to partner with Chesapeake to improve accessibility for CNG, a fuel produced in Oklahoma.”

The 10 CNG stations bring the company’s CNG infrastructure count to 11 and give Oklahoma more than 70 existing, or planned, public CNG stations. Love’s opened its first CNG fueling station in 2011 in Kingsfisher, where several companies, including Chesapeake, operate CNG fleet vehicles.

Each grand opening event will feature remarks from Love’s and Chesapeake’s representatives, as well as local and state officials. Attendees will include representatives from local companies that have already converted their fleets to CNG and those considering the conversion. The events are commemorated with a ceremonial “first fill” of a natural gas vehicle at the fueling station.

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